August 22nd, 2014- After a dominating performance in a first home game since winning Super Bowl 48 against the San Diego Chargers, the Seattle Seahawks will have try to continue gain momentum for their offense facing the Chicago Bears tonight before the first regular season showdown on September 4th with the Green Bay Packers. (We all know what Golden Tate did the last time these two teams faced each other.)
Lets recap the dominant performance last week agains the San Diego Chargers: After a subpar performance on both sides of the ball in the first pre season game against the Denver Broncos the Seahawks did a complete 360 by thumping the San Diego Chargers 41-14. The biggest turnaround was the play of the offensive line which led them to be able to pound the ball down the Chargers’ throats including 5 rushing TDs, 2 of them by Russell Wilson. Robert Turbin, Terrell Pryor, and BJ Daniels all had a touchdown a piece with Pryor’s being the most impressive on a 44 yard run gliding down the sidelines. He is fighting for a roster spot as a third string QBQB behind Russell Wilson and Tavaris Jackson which would be the first time Pete Carroll has kept three quarterbacks since he took over the program. All in all the Seahawks had 243 yards rushing, the only downer in the running game was when Christine Michael fumbled for the second consecutive week. It’s somewhat of a concern but when Pete was asked about it, he was pretty sure the issue would be corrected very soon. The passing game was really effective even though there was no TD’s were produced, the biggest play came on a play to Zach Miller for 37 yards. It could of easily been a td but Miller was tackled down on the 2. Russell Wilson ended the night 11-13 for 121 yards, giving him QBR of 106.
The defense also came out on fire giving up 2 td’s but none by the starters. The standout definitely was O’Brien Schofield who only had 3 tackles but was disruptive all night long: 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack. He may very well be playing with the biggest chip on his should after the New York Giants voided his contract after he failed his physical when they learned that he had some issues with his knees. Lucky for the Seahawks his knees looks fine. Tharold Simon could of been the star of the game and made the final score 48-7 if it wasn’t called for illegal contact on a pass thrown by Kellen Clemens from the Seattle 5 yard line. If the stood it would of been a 105 yard touchdown return. The league did call Pete Carroll on monday and informed him that a flag should of never been thrown.
Following the dominant win the Hawks will get ready for the Chicago Bears tonight at Century Link Field, kickoff slated for 705pm. Pete said it was a great week of practice with a minor scuffle breaking out between Tharold Simon and Earl Thomas. It was quickly broken up by Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, and Bobby Wagner. Pete has said his starters will play into the 3rd quarter as this will be their last significant action before the season opener as the last game with be for players on the bubble of making the team. Expect to Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch to get a couple of carries or so. Carroll has been really been impressed with him during practices and how good of shape and conditioning he’s in after the brief holdout. Also expect Max Unger, Russell Okung, super bowl MVP Malcom Smith, and Kam Chancellor to get their first action tonight as well. It should be another rocking night as we move closer to September 4th. ”GO HAWKS.”